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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Assisting Myself – a Wide Angle Self Portrait Wet Plate



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Für einen kommenden Auftrag habe ich mir ein Ross Xpress 5″ (127mm) F4 Weitwinkelobjektiv bei www.wetplatedreams.com gekauft. Welches ich natürlich vor dem ersten Einsatz testen mußte 🙂
Der Bildkreis des Objektivs deckt knapp 18x24cm ab und somit ergibt das bei einem Cropfaktor von ca. 0,15 19mm auf Kleinbild gerechnet. Ziemlich cool für ein Großformatobjektiv mit Blende 4.0.



Hier noch zwei Fotos vom Objektiv selbst:

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und zwei Nassplatten (überbelichtetes Haus):

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English version

I needed a wide angle large format lens for an upcoming assignment. I got myself a Ross Xpress 5″ (127mm) F4 Wide Angle lens from www.wetplatedreams.com . As you can imagine, I had to test it before using it at the assignment.
The lens was made for 13x18cm plates, but it also covers 18×24 with a slight vignette. The crop factor on 18x24cm is about 0,15 and that makes it a 19mm lens compared to full frame. Pretty cool for a F4.0 lens right?



Two more shots from the lens:

and two plates (over exposed house):

For private wetplate workshops contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/
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Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Martin Bailey podcast interview

I was interviewed by Martin Bailey Photography to be part of his podcast about the United Art Gallery and my work. You can find the full episode here: https://mbp.ac/715
Very honored to be on his show.

 

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Shooting A Wetplate Portrait of a Medieval Knight Sword Fighter



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Unterhalb des Videos findet ihr Erklärungen zum Shooting



Ein originelles Porträt von einem mittelalterlichen Schwertkämpfer (Staatsmeister) war gefragt. Ein Ritter in Rüstung samt seiner Hieb- und Stichwaffe auf Kollodium-Nassplatte ablichten ist der Plan. Da eine Rüstung “farblos” ist – also nur die Farben wiedergibt die diese reflektiert, war das erste Porträt draussen geplant. In meinen Garten gibt es genug Reflektionen. Leider hat uns das Wetter kurzfristig einen Strich durch die Rechnung gemacht, da auf einmal ein Unwetter aufzog.

Somit habe ich einen Hensel Integra 1000W Kompaktblitz als Aufheller aufgestellt. Außerdem sorgte der Blitz auch für ein schönes Catchlight.

Diese klassische Pose gefiel mir sehr gut, da ich so den spannenden Helm und das Schwert mit ins Porträt bekommen habe, ohne das Gesicht zu verdecken. Einen etwas helleren Hintergrund hätte ich noch gerne gehabt, aber da spielte das Wetter nicht mehr mit – Kaum waren wir fertig, fing es schon an zu regnen. Bei diesen Bild könnt ihr gut erkennen, wie die Linien direkt auf den Ritter hinzeigen. Ich versuche sehr oft solche Elemente in meine Bildkomposition einzubauen:

18x24cm Kollodium Nassplatte, Century Reisekamera, Dallmeyer 2b Petzvalobjektiv

Im Studio lichteten wir ein zweites Porträt mit aufgesetzten Helm ab.
Hierbei verwendete ich ein klassisches Clamshell Licht mit einer sehr nahen Softbox (Hensel Grand Mini 85) samt Reflektor um genug reflektieren in der Rüstung zu schaffen. Außerdem bekam ich mit diesem Setup genug Licht unter dem Helm um die Augen auszuleuchten.

Reflektor, Hensel Grand Mini, Hensel EH Pro 6000 Blitzkopf, Hensel Tria 6000S Generator

Bei solchen nahen Porträts ist die Schärfentiefe sehr gering, da das Dallmeyer 2b Petzval Objektiv sehr lichtstark ist (220mm F3)

Mit dem Ergebnis war ich sehr zufrieden. Ich habe die Platte wieder ein kleinwenig unterbelichtet um etwas härtere Kontraste zu erzeugen. Somit entstand ein sehr ausdrucksstarkes Porträt.

18x24cm Kollodium Nassplatte, Century Reisekamera, Dallmeyer 2b Petzvalobjektiv

Ich habe schon viele Portraits von Soldaten gesehen, die erschöpft von einer Schlacht kommen. Ein Porträt in dieser Art sollte es werden. Ein Ritter der von einer Schlacht kommt. Die Erschöpfung mußte Klaus garnicht spielen, da die Rüstung samt Helm extrem viel Gewicht hat und einiges an Energie von ihm forderte. Hier noch ein Selfie zum Abschluss, damit ihr versteht was ich meine 🙂



In der Gallery sind nochmal mehr Bilder zu sehen:

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Fine Art Shop: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/
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English version

You can find more information about the shooting underneath the video.



The task was clear – an original portrait of a Medieval Knight Sword Fighter (national champion)
So I planed to do a collodion wetplate of a knight with his armour and sword. My first thought was, that an original armor has no “color” so to say. You just see the reflections of the environment. That was the reason I wanted to shoot the first portrait in my garden. Unfortunately the weather gods were against us and just after when we started a thunderstorm was on its way.

To fight agains the “low light” situation, I used a Hensel Integra 1000W compact flash as fill and also to create some nice catchlights.

I decided to go for this classical pose to show this aggressive looking helmet and the sword without covering the face. I would have liked to have a tiny bit brighter background, but the weather played here against us. As soon as we finished, it started to rain.
You can see the lines from the sky pointing directly to the knight. This is something I always try to integrate into my portraits

18x24cm collodion wet plate, Century view camera, Dallmeyer 2b Petzval lens

We did the second portrait in my studio. This time he was wearing one of his helmets. I used a classical clamshell light with a pretty close soft box (Hensel Grand Mini 85) in combination with a reflector. With this setup I got enough reflections on the armor and could also bring light under the helmet to illuminate his eyes

Reflektor, Hensel Grand Mini, Hensel EH Pro 6000 strobe head, Hensel Tria 6000S generator

When shooting portraits that close with my Dallmeyer 2b lens (220mm F3) you have to deal with a very small depth of field

I was very pleased with the result of this portrait shooting. I underexposed the plate a tiny little bit to ged stronger contrasts. With that I could produce a very strong portrait.

18x24cm collodion wetplate, Century field camera, Dallmeyer 2b Petzval lens

I know these portraits from soldiers that came exhausted and empty from a war zone. Thats how I imagined to do this portrait. Because of the heavy duty armour and helmet, Klaus did not have to act to be exhausted. So you know what I am talking about, I add a selfie from after the shooting at the end of the post 🙂



In this gallery you find some more images:

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

division – a portrait made with non – visible light

I have the feeling people are more and more divided these days, thats the reason I created these portraits.



With these portraits I show the division in visual form. On the left side the blindfold is blocking the sight – people can not see clearly, the faded tattoos are standing for a faded reality and the fist shows anger and caginess.
Where on the right side you see eyes that see through the blindfold, high contrast tattoos and an open hand that is ready to help and hug.
This images is also part of our new Album in the United Art Gallery:
https://unitedart.gallery/albums/justice-for-all-inspired-by-black-lives-matter/ You can join us with your own art about this topic. Just click the “be a part of it” and choose the topic you want to submit to.



I shot the first portrait with the wet collodion process (Sensible to UV light only) and with a digital infrared camera. The second portrait was shot with a Rollei Ortho 25 Film (Sensible to UV light only) and a Rollei Infrared 400 film. In UV light everything that is blue will get bright and red dark. Because tattoos often contain blue color they get brighter and the red blindfold gets black. In IR light it is the opposite, thats why you can see through the blindfold and get contrasty tattoos.

Thanks again to Alex and Bernhard for helping me, as you can see in the video, there were a lot of tasks to do in a short amount of time to bring this portrait to live



compare the images by yourself

Digital color
Digital color
Digital color
Digital Infrared
Digital Infrared
Collodion Wet Plate
Collodion Wet Plate
Rollei Infrared 400
Rollei Infrared 400
Rollei Infrared 400
Rollei Ortho 25
Rollei Ortho 25

Join one of my wet plate (nassplatten) workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kollodium-nassplatten-workshops/ or contact me for a private one here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

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Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Top of Austria 9-Ball Challenge

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Lang lang ist es her, aber manchmal fotografiere ich Pool Billard doch noch. Diesmal habe ich im ORF Zentrum die Top of Austria 9-Ball Challenge digital festgehalten. Um auch wirklich leise zu sein, hat mir Sony die Alpha A9 II samt 70-200 und 100-400mm Objektiv zu Verfügung gestellt. Wirklich ein schönes Arbeitsgerät mit einem tollen Autofocus.
Maximilian Lechner, Jasmin und Albin Ouschan sind gegeneinander angetreten. Mario He sollte auch dabei sein, mußte aber wegen einer Verletzung zuhause bleiben. Es war wieder schön dabei zu sein, Danke an die österreichische Billardunion für den netten Auftrag und gratulation an Albin Ouschan für den Sieg. In der ORF TV Thek könnt ihr euch noch eine Zeit lang das Turnier ansehen: https://tvthek.orf.at/profile/Billard-Top-of-Austria-9-Ball-Challenge/13888064/Billard-Top-of-Austria-9-Ball-Challenge/14053542

Es war auch spannend in Zeiten von Corona solche Aufnahmen zu machen. Hier ein paar Fotos für euch vom Turnier:

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Long long time ago, I shot I pool billiards tournament. But sometimes I still do this kind of photography. This time I photographed in the “ORF Zentrum” (Austrian Television) the Top of Austria 9-Ball Challenge. To be as silent as possible, I got a Sony Alpha A9 II with a 70-200 and a 100-400mm lens. A great work horse with an amazing autofocus. Maximilian Lechner, Jasmin and Albin Ouschan were playing against each other in this tournament. Mario had to stay at home because of an health issue. I enjoyed it a lot to be part of this again. Thanks to the Austrian Billardunion for hiring me and congratulations to Albin Ouschan for winning the tournament. You still can watch the tournament online for a while here: https://tvthek.orf.at/profile/Billard-Top-of-Austria-9-Ball-Challenge/13888064/Billard-Top-of-Austria-9-Ball-Challenge/14053542

It was interesting to shoot a pool tournament during the covid19 pandemic. To get a better Idea about what I am talking about, check the gallery.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Video podcast: Behind The United ART Gallery with Shane Balkowitsch Antrotypist

To understand the artists behind the United Art Gallery, I started a video podcast where they can talk about their work, their current situation and what are their motives to do coronavirus related art. The podcast series starts with Shane Balkowitsch an Abrotypist from Bismark – North Dakota.



Visit our Gallery here: https://unitedart.gallery/ Are you working yourself on an art project (photo or painting) with a distinct connection to the coronavirus topic, that was made during this time? Then you can submit your image here:https://unitedart.gallery/pages/be-a-part-of-it/

Check also out the movie about Shane Balkowitsch
Balkowitsch Film Vimeo (worldwide): https://vimeo.com/ondemand/balkowitschfilm
Balkowitsch Film Amazon Prime (USA and some countries in Europe): https://www.amazon.com/Balkowitsch-Shane/dp/B087CFNWS3?fbclid=IwAR3deFewJ-j28bWsDweJbAqGVfIdIphbPEY5iPIxlH2VnyWWjC3ogtGdwdU



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Upcoming workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

privat workshops in English contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

Fine Art Shop http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/

If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
 

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Street Portraits Part 2

In the second part of my street portrait video series I talk about portraits I did in Israel. Instagram links from the video:
Sagi: https://www.instagram.com/sagi_k/
Gabriel Baharlia: https://www.instagram.com/baharlia/
Elad’s Hummus place: https://www.instagram.com/hummus_shlomo_and_doron/

First Part:

My official Street Portraits website:
http://www.street-portraits.eu

Used Gear:
Canon EOS 5D MK IV: https://amzn.to/2LFkbBZ
Canon 100mm Macro Lens https://amzn.to/2PsdeFA
Sigma 50mm 1.4 Lens https://amzn.to/2PvJrf4
Canon EOS M50: https://amzn.to/2s8TcI8
Canon EF-M22mm 2.0 Lens: https://amzn.to/38iWw4d
Canon EF-M EOS Adapter: https://amzn.to/2PsiTLH
Canon 50mm 1.8 Lens: https://amzn.to/2E2kSkG

Fine Art Shop http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/

If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
 

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Street Portraits Part 1

This story today is about my street portraits and how I came to wet plate photography.


My official Street Portraits website:
http://www.street-portraits.eu

Alias (Elias) Story:
http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/2014/11/alias-the-self-made-indian-street-portraits/

Used Gear:
Canon EOS 5D MK IV: https://amzn.to/2LFkbBZ
Canon 100mm Macro Lens https://amzn.to/2PsdeFA
Sigma 50mm 1.4 Lens https://amzn.to/2PvJrf4
Canon EOS M50: https://amzn.to/2s8TcI8
Canon EF-M22mm 2.0 Lens: https://amzn.to/38iWw4d
Canon EF-M EOS Adapter: https://amzn.to/2PsiTLH
Canon 50mm 1.8 Lens: https://amzn.to/2E2kSkG

Fine Art Shop http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/

If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
 

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Nassplatternportrait bei den Menschenbilder 2019

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Ich bin stolz und freue mich sehr darüber, dass ihr euch ab heute mein Nassplattenportrait von Gabriel Baharlia bei der Menschebilderaustellung in Stockerau (Sparkassaplatz) ansehen könnt.
Vielen Dank an die Innung der niederösterreichischen Berufsfotografen und an die Stadt Stockerau für die Organisation des tollen Events.

 

Fine Art Shop: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/


Nächste workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/


Für individuelle Workshops kontaktiert mich hier http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

 

Wollt ihr selber eine Nassplatte samt Entstehung erleben – kontaktiert mich einfach http://wetplate.art

 

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English version

Today I’m very proud and happy that you can find my wet palate portrait of Gabriel Baharlia at the exhibition of humans in Stockerau (Sparkassaplatz)
Thanks a.lot to the Innung der niederösterreichischen Berufsfotografen and to Stockerau fror the organisation!

Fine Art Shop http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/

Upcomming workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

For individual workshops please contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

 

If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
 

Don’t forget to subscribe to my Newsletter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/
 

 

 

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Ultra Large Format Wet Plate Workshop and more

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Heute könnt ihr mehr von meinen Privatworkshops sehen. Diesmal erstellten die Teilnehmer an einem Tag 13×18 und 18x24cm große Kolloidum Nassplatten und am nächsten Tag war dann die größte Größe von 30x40cm dran. Die außerordentlichen Ergebnisse könnt ihr im Video und in der Gallery sehen.

 

Fine Art Shop: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/


Nächste workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/


Für individuelle Workshops kontaktiert mich hier http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

 

Wollt ihr selber eine Nassplatte samt Entstehung erleben – kontaktiert mich einfach http://wetplate.art

 

Wollt ihr immer auf Letztstand sein, benutzt einfach meinen Newsletter ein Newsletter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/

English version

Today I show you how a private workshop looks like. We shot nearly all plate sizes, from 13x18cm to 30x40cm. Beside lots of fun all participants created great images too.

Fine Art Shop http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/front_store/

Upcomming workshops: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/workshops/

For individual workshops please contact me here: http://www.markus-hofstaetter.at/pages/kontakt/

 

If you guys want to experience yourself how a tintype is made and own a one of a kind wet plate, please contact me via my website http://wetplate.art
 

Don’t forget to subscribe to my Newsletter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/Newsletter/